Yes, our sanctuary is often quite full on Sunday mornings. With each passing month, more and more people are seeking out a new religious home, and are being drawn to Heritage by our unique blend of grounded spirituality, warm and welcoming community, and inclusive acceptance of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. Church membership is now 50 percent higher than it was 20 years ago. This is something to celebrate!
In order to make more room for everyone, our Worship Committee and Board of Trustees have instituted a few new procedures that you may have noticed already. On Sundays when the Choir is not singing, we are turning their chairs to face the pulpit; you are invited and encouraged to sit there. This frees up nearly two dozen more seats on those Sundays.
In addition, we recently purchased half a dozen new, armless chairs to make a new back row on the right side of the sanctuary, and moved some folding metal chairs into the sanctuary to go along the back walls. We continue to leave one or two “empty” spaces in rows, at the aisle, for those in wheelchairs or who otherwise require special seating accommodations. And you are always encouraged to “move to the middle” and “come to the front row” so that each row can fill in completely with folks who would like to experience our worship services.
We recognize these are short-term solutions. Conversations have resumed about more permanent possibilities to address our abundance of attendance and participation. You are invited to participate in those discussions as they unfold in the months ahead. But rest assured: There is room for you, at Heritage!